§ Miss Maynard
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much Her Majesty's Government intend to raise in money terms by the sale of Forestry Commission trees over a five-year period from the commencement of the scheme; and what criteria are being laid down.
§ Mrs. Fenner
The Forestry Commission has been asked to raise £82.1 million from the sale of forestry land and plantations and other real assets in the five-year period ending 31 March 1986. No specific target has been set for receipts from the sale of plantations as such.
In selecting properties for sale the Forestry Commission takes into account the guidelines contained in a letter that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland sent to the chairman of the commission on 28 May 1981. A copy of that letter was placed in the Library of the House.